Redwood City DUI Attorney
Charged With DUI in the Bay Area?
If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, you need strong legal representation right away. A DUI conviction could potentially ruin your future and leave you with long-lasting effects that impact your professional and personal life. In addition to expensive fines and mandatory drug/alcohol education programs, you could face extensive jail time, a revoked driver’s license, a required ignition interlock device, and more. Furthermore, you could face the social stigma of being labeled a drunk driver for the rest of your life.
This matter is too serious to leave in the hands of inexperienced legal representation. At the Law Office of Shelley D. Dwyer, our Redwood City DUI lawyer has more than 30 years of experience with defending the rights of our clients. As a result, Attorney Dwyer has a complete grasp of the relevant laws, paperwork, and procedures. She also have a long track record of success with having represented over 150 clients in jury trials and over 1,000 DMV hearings. Our Bay Area DUI attorney, Shelley D. Dwyer, is relentless and will always fight for the best possible outcome. She has helped thousands of clients just like you and she can help you, too.
What Are the Elements of a DUI Charge?
The Driver's Age
The California state laws regarding DUI are quite severe. If you are under 21 years of age, you should be aware of our state’s zero-tolerance policy for underage DUI drivers. Even if your blood alcohol content is just 0.01, you could face a revoked license for an entire year in addition to other penalties.
If you are over 21, the penalties are still harsh. You may be required to implement an ignition interlock device, which essentially requires you to breathalyze yourself every time before you start your car. To be convicted of drunk driving, it must be proven that you were impaired by alcohol or that your blood alcohol concentration was greater than .08 as measured by a chemical test at the time that you were driving.
Was the Accused the Driver?
Actual driving is also an important element of this offense and must be proven. It may be that the police have approached you when you are leaving your car, that you were never seen driving, or that someone else was driving. If the police are investigating an accident, it is their responsibility to show that you were operating the motor vehicle in question.
The Driver's Behavior
After being pulled over, officers must try to make, and record, observations that indicate drunk driving. It is possible that the arresting officer may miscalculate, manipulate, or exaggerate patterns in your driving. If any of the following has happened to you, you need to hire our Redwood City DUI attorney to defend your rights.
- Your behavior should not have caused the officer to stop you in the first place
- Your behavior was not as the officer describes
- Your behavior didn’t indicate that you were drunk
What Are Field Sobriety Tests?
After you have been stopped, an officer who believes you have been driving drunk will attempt to make observations of your person and vehicle such as:
- An odor of alcohol
- General behavior and appearance
- Speech patterns
Once the offer suspects you have been driving under the influence, there are a number of field sobriety tests that can be administered in order to bolster their case against you — should you fail a breath or blood test at a later time.
People often say that they were persuaded to “walk the line” so as to appease an officer. The reality is that even though police are asking you to perform these tests voluntarily, they know that they can be difficult to perform in any condition, even more so on the side of a busy road while under the stress of an arrest situation. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in the Bay Area, you should act quickly by contacting the Law Offices of Shelley D. Dwyer to prevent added expenses and the loss of your driving privileges.
Several reasons why you should hire our Bay Area DUI attorney include:
- Attorney Shelley D. Dwyer has more than three decades of DUI defense experience
- She provides personalized services specially designed for you and you alone
- Mrs. Dwyer is aggressive and effective, providing you with top-quality legal representation
- She knows the DUI laws like the back of her hands and she can use them to your advantage
- Mrs. Dwyer is an excellent negotiator and will work to reduce your charges, if not have them completely dropped altogether